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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Bachelor of International Studies with Honours

Students undertake Honours in one of the majors they studied in their undergraduate degree. They can thus specialize in an area of their choices such as Global Politics and Peace; Societies (featuring sociology, development, and religion); or Languages. This offers the opportunity for an in-depth study of topical issues significant to humanity and the future of our planet. Honors comprise coursework and a dissertation on a topic of particular interest to the student. The precise topic is determined in consultation with their supervisor. This degree is flexible and can be studied both on-campus and online.

Campus Information


Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional or Conditional Offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Bachelor of International Studies with Honours will extend your intellectual range, sharpen your research skills, and allow you to master global politics, societies, or your chosen language and culture if you studied one. A myriad of opportunities awaits graduates, including further study or careers within: 

  • government, inter-governmental and non-government organizations 
  • defense forces 
  • environmental advocacy 
  • human rights advocacy 
  • immigration 
  • intelligence agencies 
  • international diplomacy 
  • international commerce 
  • journalism 
  • overseas development assistance. 

PSW Opportunity

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional  2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa  (Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.
2. Except as provided in Rule 3, a candidate for admission to the honors course shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New England; and
  • (b) have attained a minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit); and
  • (c) have achieved 18 credit points at Distinction level or better in 300-level units in the major in which the candidate wishes to proceed; and
  • (d) have passed units to the value of at least 36 credit points in the major in which the candidate wishes to proceed, except that with the approval of the course coordinator, up to 12 credit points of other units may be substituted; and
  • (e) have fulfilled any additional requirements prescribed and published by the School or area concerned.

3. With the approval of the Head of School a person who has fulfilled the requirements for an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification of a university or other institution and who meets requirements considered by the School to be equivalent to those specified in Rule 2 (b), (c), (d) and (e), may be admitted to the honors course leading to the degree of Bachelor of International Studies with Honours.